SHIP FROM CHINA - The Emma Maersk
What a ship....no wonder 'Made in China' is displacing North American goods big time with this floating continent transporting goods across the Pacific in 4 days no less!!!?
This is how Wal-Mart gets all its stuff from China ! . Get a load of this ship!
15,000 containers and a 207' beam! And look at the crew-size: 13 people for a ship longer than a US aircraft carrier which has a crew of 5,000 men and officers.
Think it's big enough? Note that its 207' beam means it cannot fit through the Panama or Suez Canals . It is strictly transpacific. Check out the cruise speed: 31 knots means th e goods arrive 4 days before the typical container ship (18-20 knots) on a China-to-California run. So this behemoth is hugel y competitive when carrying perishable goods.
This ship was built in five sections. The sections floated together and then welded. The command bridge is higher than a 10-story building and has 11 cargo crane rigs that can operate simultaneously.
Country of origin - Denmark
Length - 1,302 ft
Width - 207 ft
Net cargo - 123,200 tons
Engine - 14 in-line cylinders diesel engine (110,000 BHP)
Cruise Speed - 31 knots
Cargo capacity - 15,000
Crew - 13 people
First Trip - Sept. 08, 2006
Construction cost - US $145,000,000+
Silicone painting app lied to the ship bottom reduces water resistance and saves 317,000 gallons of diesel per year
Editorial Comment! A recent documentary in late March on the History Channel, noted that most all of these containers are shipped back to China EMPTY - yep you heard it right. We send nothing back on most of these ships. What does that tell you about the current financial state of this country?